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Collaboration + creativity + math = BIG results!

Pine Lane basketball court

What do a basketball court and a classroom have in common?

At Pine Lane Elementary School, the empty palette of the court and the culmination of math lessons in the classroom provided all that was needed to end the year on a colorful note.

Fourth-grade Teacher Lindsey Anderson integrated all the math skills students learned throughout the year with a giant, collaborative art project for all of the fourth-grade students at Pine Lane.

The project involved 150 students who spent a week measuring, planning, and solving problems to find the area of the space being painted. Students measured the perimeter of the space and used equations to find the area of the circles and the rectangle, determining they had a total of over 4,000 square feet of space to paint. Each student painted an average of 18 square feet. 

The process played out through several steps.

  1. Measure the length and width of the basketball court to find the area.
  2. Measure the radius of the large circle.
  3. Subtract the area of the circle from the area of the basketball court to find the new total area being painted.
  4. Measure the area of the small circle and add the area found in the step above. 
  5. Estimate the amount of space left black in the middle of the circle using fractions and add back to total. 
  6. Divide the total area being painted by the number of kids painting to get an average square footage that each student will paint.

The finished product, a giant peace sign surrounded by a mosaic of colors and patterns, makes an impressive statement about the learning and teamwork of the Pine Lane students.

Prinicipal Danelle Hiatt was delighted with the results, exclaiming, “It's so cool, and a great example of 21st century learning!”

June 3, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Pine Lane Elementary School, Elementary Education

District News

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Last month, the Board of Education passed a resolution tasking the Superintendent to convene a task force inclusive of members of the general public and staff members. This task force will develop a survey for parents of students eligible for special education services and a survey for staff members who serve students eligible for special education services.

Board members sitting at the dais

CASTLE ROCK - On February 6, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education confirmed its commitment to begin the process of seeking approval from voters for additional local funding.

“Our children need a bond and mill levy override (MLO) to be passed in 2018, beyond any doubt,” said DCSD Board of Education President David Ray. “We want to move forward immediately with the necessary processes and collaboration with our community in order to finalize a formal funding package.”